In an effort to justify their unprecedented and baseless opposition to Judge Gorsuch's nomination for the Supreme Court, some Democrats have claimed that there is a 60-vote baseline for confirming Supreme Court nominees in the Senate. This is to avoid the charge that they are filibustering Judge Gorsuch, which will likely prompt Leader McConnell to exercise the constitutional option or "Reid Rule" and change the Senate rules on Supreme Court nominations.
The problem with this 60-vote standard is, of course, that it does not exist:
Indeed, both Justice Clarence Thomas and Justice Samuel Alito were confirmed with fewer than 60 votes in favor. The Democrats will continue touting fallacious liberal talking points supplied by radical progressive activists as unfounded reasons to oppose Judge Gorsuch, but this 60-vote threshold claim really should be laid to rest.